Hudghton (Greens/EFA) - Public Authorities, especially Local Authorities, currently face significant burdens arising from environmental damage, from a wide range of sources major and minor. This Directive gives an opportunity to better identify and assign responsibility and should follow the "polluter pays" principle. I opposed the Committee amendment 37 which is contrary to that principle and which would place unacceptable burdens on Local Authorities, and be potentially disastrous also for local economies. Particularly in the UK, Governments have been guilty of seeking to leave Local Authorities to pick up the cost of EU legislation - such as disposal of refrigeration equipment - and blaming "Brussels". The costs of implementing this Directive must not be inflicted unfairly upon hard-pressed Local Authority budgets, either through approving a faulty Directive or as a result of ultimately flawed implementation by Government.

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